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July 27, 2011

STJ Alums Participate in Benefit Game

QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's men's basketball Class of 2011 alums Justin Burrell, Malik Boothe and Paris Horne will be among the host of former NCAA Division I players participating in the Malone Mulhall Benefit Game, which will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 1 p.m.

The STJ trio join former UNC star, 2009 national champion and Long Island native Danny Green, NYC native and Notre Dame standout Tyrone Nash and Richmond's Dan Geriot, among others, for the event, held on campus at Carnesecca Arena.

The Malone Mulhall Benefit Basketball Game is being held to honor the loss of three college students, Michael Mulhall, Jamie and Paige Malone. On July 15, 2010, while traveling to work at a recreational summer camp for individuals with special needs, their daily commute turned into a fatal accident. The Malone Mulhall Benefit Game was established to do charitable work in the memory of those students, by providing a high-talent basketball exhibition to raise money for the foundations and scholarships established in their names.

Horne, who will play professionally next season with German squad BG Gottingen of the BBL, was one of STJ's toughest perimeter defenders over his four-year career and also left his mark in the Red Storm's offensive career record books. With 148 career 3-point field goals made - including the game-winner at Providence (Jan. 1, 2011) - Horne finished his tenure tied with Felipe Lopez (1994-98) for second all-time, and was only three treys short of moving into a first-place tie with Willie Shaw (151, 2000-03). His 1,199 career points made him St. John's 46th member of the 1,000-point club, where he finished his career 30th all-time. As a sophomore in 2008-09, he improved his scoring by 9.5 points per game to lead the Red Storm with a 14.6 ppg scoring average, while averaging 16.1 ppg in BIG EAST play and earning first team All-Met honors from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Association.

Burrell, the 2011 BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year and a member of the 2008 BIG EAST All-Freshman team, became St. John's 47th all-time 1,000-point scorer in 2010-11. Along with teammates D.J. Kennedy and Horne, he was one of three St. John's players on the 2010-11 squad that had reached the 1,000-point plateau, finishing his career with 1,006 career points. His 609 career rebounds rank 30th all-time in school history.

Lightning-quick and Queens-tough, Boothe was the Red Storm's four-year floor general. He consistently ranked in the top 25 among all BIG EAST players with a 2.9 assists per game average as a senior, and his 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio (93 assists, 50 turnovers on the year) ranked 11th among league leaders and in the top 100 nationally. His efforts helped the Red Storm lead the BIG EAST and rank 12th nationally in turnover margin (+3.7). Boothe completed his career at St. John's sixth all time in assists, with 370.


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